Johannesburg facing 'a moving target' in fight against poverty - mayor

2016-07-06 17:45
Parks Tau (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Parks Tau (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau on Wednesday pledged to assist the poor as migration into the city continued.

"The City has reached 47 000 poor households with approximately 150 000 people who are food insecure," said Tau in a statement issued in conjunction with the release of his end of term report for 2011 to 2016.

He said that while the municipality had upgraded 30 000 informal homes with 90 000 people in them, "we are facing a moving target".

There was an influx of approximately 120 000 people into Johannesburg every year.

He said while the city had growing levels of middle and upper-class residents, "at the same time many households remain in poverty, with food security and inequality as an ongoing challenge".

Citing statistics to highlight inequality in the city, Tau said that while the average household income in Johannesburg was R15 270 a month, "of this average, 50% of households earn about R3 543".

He said of these poor households, 60% to 80% of their income was spent of food, housing and transport.

"This is why as a city we have the responsibility to come up with interventions that reduce the cost of all these and increase access."

Tau also lashed out at those who he said "just want to pretend that no delivery has happened in the city in the past 21 years while misleading residents that they can miraculously deliver things that they alone claim have not been delivered".

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